The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Managing Debt

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Do you remember where you were last Thursday morning when every network interrupted its regular programming to announce the most anticipated Supreme Court decision since Bush v. Gore? It was not in the same category as the Kennedy assassination or Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” moment, but when it was reported that Chief Justice… Read More

The Downgrades: Forget the 1%, It’s the 9%, Stupid

Personal Finance

The Downgrades: Forget the 1%, It’s the 9%, Stupid

The Downgrades: Forget the 1%, It’s the 9%, Stupid

Well kids, summer is here again — time for sun, fun and debt downgrades. And in a related downgrade story, according to a recent Harris poll, just nine percent of Americans gave Congress positive job ratings.  A low number, indeed, but it still feels wildly optimistic. Last summer, August 5 to be exact, Standard & Poor’s… Read More

Hackers: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Hire ‘Em

Identity Theft

Hackers: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Hire ‘Em

Hackers: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Hire ‘Em

So what’s it worth to you to prevent world-wide economic collapse, or even a major interruption of essential services, like power or water? These are not hypothetical questions. Nor will they be caused by the Eurozone disaster, a double-dip recession, the disintegration of institutions deemed “too big to fail,” or government spending run amok. I… Read More

Facebook: Chronicle of an IPO Foretold

Personal Finance

Facebook: Chronicle of an IPO Foretold

Facebook: Chronicle of an IPO Foretold

For anyone who plays the stock market — and I confess I do from time to time — the drama that unfolded over the past couple of weeks surrounding the Facebook IPO  reminded me of the “give them bread and circuses philosophy” of the Roman Empire, except this time the Empire kept the bread. The… Read More

A National Service Corps Can Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Students

A National Service Corps Can Solve the Student Loan Crisis

A National Service Corps Can Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Suddenly, and finally, everywhere we turn somebody is talking about the student debt disaster. Headlines scream it. The presidential campaigns are beginning to seriously talk about it. Congress is starting to focus on it, well….as only Congress does. Last week, once again demonstrating its ability to turn a simple box into a Rubik’s Cube, in… Read More

In Response to James Franco

Personal Finance

In Response to James Franco

In Response to James Franco

Over the past few months, in preparation for and in reflection of the commencement address I had the privilege of giving at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University on May 12, I watched scores of them on YouTube and read literally hundreds of them as well as their reviews. A few… Read More

Crowdsourcing the Student Loan Mess

Students

Crowdsourcing the Student Loan Mess

Crowdsourcing the Student Loan Mess

For the record, I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Hitler Youth. I point this out because based on the comments to my last few columns (which focused on the idea that a National Service Corps could help solve our student debt crisis) it would seem that some of you… Read More

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